On July 23, Jourdanton Police Department’s K9 Kimbo received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the nonprofit organization called Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
JPD Chief Eric Kaiser and Cpl. Timothy Sawicki, Kimbo’s K9 handler and partner, both extended their gratitude to Vested Interest for approving the grant submitted by the Jourdanton Police Department and for their efforts to protect K9 officers across the U.S.
“It’s important to the PD that Kimbo has this vest. Too many law enforcement K9s are getting killed all across the nation and this is just one step we can do to protect our K9s who sacrifice their lives alongside law enforcement,” said Cpl. Sawicki, who has had the threeyear old K9 for two years now. “He’s a huge part of our law enforcement family as well as my own family.”
Sawicki gets to take Kimbo home with him every day.
“My kids and wife love him. They treat him like he’s our own,” said Sawicki. “If anything happens to him, they would be devastated. That’s why having this vest is so important for Kimbo.”
The underside of K9 Kimbo’s vest is embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Jethro, Canton, Ohio Police Department,” who was killed in the line of duty in 2016 after locating the suspect of a grocery store robbery. The criminal who killed Jethro was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
Vested Interest is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The program is open to dogs actively employed in the US with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
“I’m extremely grateful for Vested Interest in K9’s. With their assistance, Kimbo will be protected in a way he’s never been before. Kimbo is a part of my family, so to be able to keep him safe while he protects the community means the world to me.”
Kimbo’s specialty is narcotics and has been extremely helpful in sniffing out narcotics across the county.